Definition of lilt noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//lɪlt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪlt//
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  1. 1the pleasant way in which a person’s voice rises and falls Her voice had a soft Welsh lilt to it.
  2. 2a regular rising and falling pattern in music, with a strong rhythm Many of his patriotic songs have a stirring lilt.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English lulte (in the senses ‘sound (an alarm)’ or ‘lift up (the voice)’), of unknown origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lilt